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Aug 1, 2017

BLN Webinar: Identifying and Addressing Challenges in Deploying an Electronic Registry - The Ghana Health Service Experience

The BID Learning Network (BLN) invites you to watch this month’s webinar entitled “Identifying and Addressing Challenges in Deploying an Electronic Registry: The Ghana Health Service Experience." Introducing electronic registries in sub-Saharan Africa where internet connectivity and electricity are not always reliable, come with a lot of challenges, including errors and compromised data quality. In this webinar, the presenter shares how the Ghana Health Service has developed an e-registry within the District Health Information Management System 2 to collect, manage and analyze transactional case-based records at the community level for maternal and child health as well as TB management services.

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The BID Learning Network is your network. Get involved and help shape the outcome.

The BLN brings countries together to identify shared problems and test shared solutions that can be applied in a few countries and then deployed at scale in many.

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Mar 22, 2018

Ending polio in Nigeria, one home at a time

Zulaihatu Abdullahi is well known in her community, particularly to the mothers. As a volunteer community mobilizer in Kaduna state, northern Nigeria, her mission is to ensure that no child contracts polio, or any other preventable childhood disease. This is difficult, as immunization programmes are sometimes treated with suspicion in her part of Nigeria. As a ‘change agent’, Zulaihatu’s job is to go door to door, counselling parents about the importance of the polio vaccine.

Mar 20, 2018

Why Lassa, an Ebola-like fever, has exploded in Nigeria

If you want to understand West Africa’s largest-ever Lassa fever outbreak, which has killed 78 people so far, you need to know about rats. But first: Yes, there is an outbreak of the deadly, Ebola-like hemorrhagic fever in one of the most populous countries on earth. When severe, in about 10 to 20 percent of cases, Lassa does horrible things to the body: It replicates in the internal organs and central nervous system, causing its victims to bleed out of every orifice or go into shock. Most people will experience mild symptoms — fever or a headache — but even in those cases, Lassa can lead to permanent deafness.

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Our Guiding Principles

This initiative has been built around the following key principles to help ensure its success:

  1. Utilize a coordinated approach.
  2. Country ownership and capacity development.
  3. Interoperability.
  4. Innovation.
  5. Sustainability.
  6. Openness.
  7. Strategic reuse.
  8. Research, monitoring and evaluation.
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Our Comprehensive Approach



From electronic immunization registries to simple pen and paper, all countries have tools to collect data. We will support and enhance systems already in place for improving data collection and analysis.

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Policies & Practices

It’s not just knowing how to use data collection tools. It’s also about being empowered to take data and turn it into information you can use to make informed decisions.

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Everyone has something to learn and something to teach. The BID Learning Network is a platform to offer ideas, share perspectives, and provide feedback. It will directly influence the BID Initiative’s approach.

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The BID Initiative's holistic solutions will be packaged so that learnings and tools will be available for others to adopt, add to, and tailor to address country-specific issues.

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